LAS VEGAS – The much anticipated autopsy report on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock did nothing to help explain why he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history — his body didn’t hold diseases or drugs or other substances that could have caused aggressive behavior.
In fact, it showed he was a sober, healthy 64-year-old.
The report — released Friday in response to a lawsuit by The Associated Press and the Las Vegas Review-Journal — showed gunman Stephen Paddock had anti-anxiety drugs in his system but was not under the influence of them.
Paddock unleashed a barrage of bullets from his high-rise hotel suite into a crowd at a country music festival below, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800 others on Oct. 1. He fatally shot himself before officers stormed his hotel suite after the mass shooting.
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of approximately 22,000 at country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the balcony of his 32nd-floor hotel room before killing himself.
When police broke in they found a stockpile of weapons – all of which had been bought legally – but, unlike other mass shooters, Paddock did not leave a manifesto or suicide note explaining his actions.
The preliminary report said police had found “several hundred images” of child pornography on a computer hard drive when they searched the four laptops belonging to Paddock, but officers are still investigating the source of the
Criminal charges could soon be filed for the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead in October 2017, even though authorities have said gunman Stephen Paddock acted alone, a lawyer for local authorities revealed in court Tuesday.
The news broke as Nick Crosby, an attorney for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, argued that search warrants, affidavits, and findings in the case must remained sealed as charges are investigated.
“Without naming names, there are potential charges against other people, because of the ongoing investigation?”, District Court Judge Elissa Cadish asked Crosby, Fox 5 Vegas reported.
The mass murderer who gunned down 58 victims during a Las Vegas music festival in October died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth, according to a coroner.
Stephen Paddock’s death was ruled a suicide, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press.
Among the victims in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, 21 people were shot in the head, 36 died with chest and back wounds and one died of a gunshot to the leg, according to a chart the coroner released.
Four victims had multiple gunshot wounds. All 58 deaths were ruled homicides.
Dead and stored in a morgue, Stephen Paddock can’t explain why he carried out one of the worst mass shootings in American history.
But his brain, on its way to Stanford, might reveal clues. Carefully lifted from the vault of its skull and preserved in formalin, the 64-year-old killer’s brain is being shipped from Las Vegas to Pasteur Drive in search of a biological basis for his violent outburst last month that left 58 people dead and injured nearly 500 others.
The specifics remain shrouded in mystery. Under an agreement with Las Vegas-based investigators, the university won’t discuss their plans — and
But even if scientists find clear evidence in Paddock’s brain of a neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s or a brain injury like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), will that help to explain why a reclusive gambler with no criminal record or extremist ties would open fire on a crowd of innocent people?
Dr. Clayton Wiley is a professor of pathology and director of neuropathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Although he’s not involved in Paddock’s case, he regularly conducts brain autopsies for both academic research and for the Pittsburgh
Over the last year, Mr. Paddock traveled widely to buy his large cache of guns — more than two dozen were discovered in his room and more were at his home in nearby Mesquite, Nev. Investigators have said the weapons were purchased legally and gun store owners said they saw no warning signs from Mr. Paddock.